Toronto Supercross: Kawasaki Racing Report
2011 AMA Supercross
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson showed his confidence was back at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada as he captured his second-career win and moved into second in the Supercross championship standings.
Getting a boost from the 45,000 Canadian fans, Wilson worked his way into the lead with a smart and patient ride aboard his Kawasaki KX250F. Teammate Blake Baggett came through the pack, starting in 14th on the first lap and eventually finishing in sixth.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto overcame a crash, coming through the field to finish ninth. Fabien Izoird grabbed the holeshot, eventually finishing 13th on the rocky and technical track.
With plenty of family and friends in the stadium, Wilson put in an impressive ride for the fans. He started just outside the top-five and patiently worked his way to the front. Wilson took over the lead on the eighth lap and rode smart until the checkered flag.
Dean Wilson (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250F) says: “It was really great to win it for the fans here in Canada. This country will always hold a special place for me and it is awesome to get the win. I finally feel like I’m riding to my potential again. That’s all I can really hope for when I line up every weekend. I know I can win, but I was standing in my own way for a few rounds. I feel like I’m back.”
Wilson’s teammate Baggett overcame a tough start after getting pushed into the tuff blocks before the first turn. He recovered quickly and worked his way from almost last to finish just outside the top-five in sixth.
Blake Baggett (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250F) says: “It’s tough when you have to play catch-up right from the first lap,” said Baggett. “I did what I could to work quickly, but the track was pretty tough and I didn’t want to over-ride it. I know I can ride better than what I showed out there. Next week we go to Dallas and I have good memories from that race.”
Working his way through the pack, Villopoto was charging through the field to catch the front-runners. On Lap 3, the Washington native and James Stewart collided in the corner after the whoops section, causing both riders to go down. With damage to his bike, Villopoto was forced to pull into the mechanics area for repairs. He recovered to finish ninth.
Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F) says: “I’m very disappointed that I’m not riding to my potential. I know I can win and I am not going to give up this championship until Las Vegas. I am only three points out and ready to bounce back.”
Izoird continued to show he is capable of starting at the front, earning the team’s second holeshot award this season aboard his Kawasaki KX450F. His jump helped him lead the first lap and a half before settling into the fast pace. Izoird eventually finished in 13th.
The fans in Canada have not forgotten their temporary citizen as they continually raised their voices for the No. 15. Wilson felt the love and returned it with his second win of the season.
Dean Wilson says: “The fans in Canada are awesome. The stadium felt like it had 80,000 people because it was so loud when we came around the track. I’m glad to give the Canadian fans a win because they are very good to me.”
The championship race in the supercross class continued to heat up in Toronto. With five races to go, Villopoto knows he has to bring everything he’s got.
Ryan Villopoto says: “I’m not done fighting for this championship. I am going to keep working hard and I’m determined to be back on the podium in Dallas.”
AMA Supercross Class Results, Rogers Centre, Toronto:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
9. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POULSBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda
13. FABIEN IZOIRD, FRANCE, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
AMA Supercross Lites Results, Eastern Region, Rogers Centrem Toronto:
1. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
2. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
3. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda
4. PJ Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
5. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha
6. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
7. Gannon Audette, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha
8. Hunter Hewitt, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
9. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda
10. MATT LEMOINE, COLLINSVILLE, TEXAS, KAWASAKI
AMA Supercross Class Results
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 236
2. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POULSBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 233
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 228
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 216
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 214
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 159
7. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 137
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 134
9. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 128
10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 109
AMA Supercross Lites Results, Eastern Region
1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 138
2. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 122
3. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha, 115
4. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 100
5. Blake Wharton, Aubrey, Texas, Honda, 89
6. PJ Larsen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 80
7. MATT LEMOINE, COLLINSVILLE, TEXAS, KAWASAKI, 80
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 55
9. Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La., Honda, 49
10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda, 47